Restoring the Gulf of Mexico

Audubon's comprehensive plan to build a resilient Gulf Coast for birds and people.

Photo: Mac Stone

To make our coastal communities stronger and to protect habitat vital for birds and other wildlife, Audubon is recommending an investment of more than $1.7 billion dollars across the 5 Gulf states and regionally to fund a suite of 26 Gulf projects and four open ocean projects that are vital to the region’s recovery.

Read the executive summary of Audubon's Comprehensive Gulf Restoration Plan.
Read the press release covering the launch of the plan.

How Audubon Will Help Protect the Gulf

Through sound science, policy leadership, and habitat conservation and restoration, Audubon and our partners are protecting and revitalizing ecosystems battered by man-made and natural disasters and advancing measures to protect birds in the face of overdevelopment, extreme weather events, sea level rise, and other climate change impacts. Now, with unprecedented funding available for Gulf restoration and a greater need for effective conservation, we’re implementing four strategies to protect, enhance, and rebuild habitat:

  • Monitoring of flagship and priority bird species
  • Strategic conservation planning and advocacy
  • Coastal conservation and restoration through collaborative partnerships and programs
  • Long-term stewardship

 

Audubon scientists identified over 8 million acres of suitable habitat for priority bird species across the Gulf that should be prioritized for restoration and conservation. These habitats include barrier and bay islands, headland beaches, intertidal bars and flats, and saltwater marshes and range from south Texas to the Florida panhandle.

By the Numbers: Audubon in the Gulf

4 state or coastal  offices
71 chapters
118,000 members
94 staff
19 nature centers and sanctuaries
5 states participating in coastal stewardship programs
641 coastal stewardship and Audubon coastal bird survey sites

Black Skimmers. Photo: Bob Howdeshell/Great Backyard Bird Count

Audubon Gulf Coast Leadership

Charles Allen

Charles Allen

Community Engagement Director

Olga Bellido De Luna

Olga Bellido De Luna

Vice President, Development for the Southeast Flyway, the Gulf, and International

Jacques Hebert

Jacques Hebert

Director of Communications, Mississippi River Delta

Karen Hyun

Karen Hyun

Vice President, Coastal Conservation

Suzanne Langley

Suzanne Langley

Vice President and Executive Director, Audubon Texas

Kara Lankford

Kara Lankford

Director, Gulf Coast Restoration

Doug Meffert

Doug Meffert

Vice President, Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway

Brian Moore

Brian Moore

Vice President, Gulf Policy

David O'Neill

David O'Neill

Chief Conservation Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO

Sarah Pacyna

Sarah Pacyna

Program Manager, Audubon Mississippi Coast Bird Stewardship Program

Ansel Payne

Ansel Payne

Executive Director, Alabama Audubon

Karen Profita

Karen Profita

Vice President and Executive Director, Audubon Louisiana

Julie Wraithmell

Julie Wraithmell

Vice President and Executive Director, Audubon Florida

What Coastal Stewardship Looks Like

Gulf Coastal Flagship Species

   

Open Ocean Species